Whether you have past experience with the criminal justice system or not, an arrest and criminal charges can be frightening and stressful. When you face any type of criminal charge, your future—including your finances and your freedom—is uncertain. The criminal process in Illinois is not defendant-friendly and often favors the State. This is especially true if a defendant does not have qualified defense representation.

If police officers arrested you on criminal charges or if you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you cannot afford to let the legal process play out. There is too much at stake. You need the proactive and strategic representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

The law partners of Martin & Kent, L.L.C., are former felony prosecutors with more than 40 years of collective experience in the Illinois criminal courts of DuPage County and Cook County. We regularly represent citizens of Bloomingdale and surrounding communities, including Roselle, Medinah, Hanover Park, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, and Wheaton. If you have a pending criminal case, timing is critical. Call our office right away to discuss how we may help you.


We have defended clients on every type of criminal matter, from misdemeanors to major felony crimes. Rest assured that our skilled defense lawyers can capably represent you no matter what charges you are facing, including:

While some criminal offenses may be more serious than others, you should always take all criminal charges seriously. Even a traffic violation can result in costly fines, points on your driver’s license, and even the suspension of your license. Misdemeanors may not sound severe, though a conviction can result in fines, probation, or even jail time. You will also have a conviction on your permanent record, which can have far-reaching effects. Whether the state accuses you of a traffic offense or a violent felony, you should have a highly skilled defense lawyer handling your case.

An arrest can be a traumatizing experience and afterward, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may feel that authorities violated your rights or that the police did not want to hear your side of the story. You may not know your rights or understand the criminal justice process. We will take the time to explain everything, and we will take steps to protect your interests and your future. Do not wait to call the criminal defense team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C., for help.

Possible Penalties of Criminal Convictions in Illinois

Our number one goal for our clients is to avoid a criminal conviction whenever possible. This is because the possible consequences of a conviction can be harsh and lasting. First, when you plead guilty or a judge or jury convicts you at trial, the court will order a sentence. Such sentence can vary widely depending on the severity of the crime and the details of your allegations. The following are some potential maximum court-ordered penalties for convictions in Bloomingdale:

  • Traffic Violations:
    • Fines and court costs
    • Points on your Illinois driving record
    • Possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license if you have previous offenses
  • Misdemeanor offenses:
    • Class A misdemeanor
      • Two years of probation
      • One year of jail time
      • $2,500 fine
    • Class B misdemeanor
      • Two years of probation
      • Six months of jail time
      • $1,500 fine
    • Class C misdemeanor
      • Two years of probation
      • 30 days of jail time
      • $1,500 fine
  • Felony offenses:
    • First-degree murder
      • Life imprisonment
    • Class X felony –
      • Six to 30 years in prison
      • Extended term of 30 to 60 years in prison
      • $25,000 fine
    • Class 1 felony
      • Four to 15 years in prison
      • Extended term of 15 to 30 years in prison
      • $25,000 fine
    • Class 2 felony
      • Three to seven years in prison
      • Extended term of seven to 14 years in prison
      • $25,000 fine
    • Class 3 felony
      • Two to five years in prison
      • Extended term of five to ten years in prison
      • $25,000 fine
    • Class 4 felony
      • One to three years in prison
      • Extended term of three to six years in prison
      • $25,000 fine

In addition to court-imposed penalties, a criminal conviction can affect your job and housing opportunities, reputation, family relationships, insurance rates, and much more. Many people fail to consider the long-term collateral consequences of a conviction, including loss of professional licenses, loss of scholarships and financial aid, sex offender registry, and much more. The best way to avoid such consequences is to avoid a conviction.

Our defense attorneys have numerous goals when it comes to defending against Illinois criminal charges. First, we argue for the court to dismiss your charges whenever possible or fight for an acquittal at trial. If our client decides to plead guilty, we skillfully negotiate with prosecutors to reduce the sentence, including:

  • Probation instead of jail time
  • Arguing against extended prison terms
  • Diversion programs

As former prosecutors, we know how the State’s Attorney’s office works and how to fight for the best possible outcome in each case. Never risk receiving a harsher result than you deserve—call our defense lawyers right away.

With You Through Every Step of the Criminal Process

The criminal process is a confusing one, and defendants do not receive much guidance from the courts regarding how to protect their rights and best interests. Our attorneys can help through every stage of your case, including:

  • Represent you in all communications with law enforcement and police questioning
  • Advise you of your rights, including the right to remain silent and to plead not guilty
  • Represent you at all court hearings, including your arraignment, bail hearings, settlement conferences, and trial
  • Inform you of all the implications of pleading guilty or not guilty and help you make an educated decision
  • Investigate the circumstances of your arrest to identify any violations of your rights
  • Examine all possible defense we may present in your case and gather evidence to support those defenses
  • Negotiate for a favorable plea agreement when appropriate
  • Present a compelling case at trial and/or sentencing when needed

Our firm also regularly handles other criminal matters, including:

  • Warrants – If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, do NOT ignore the matter, as police will arrest you. Instead, call our office and we can find the best solution to cancel the warrant and represent you in the underlying criminal matter.
  • Probation violations – Illinois criminal courts take probation violations very seriously and can impose harsh consequences, including jail time. The process for defending against a probation violation is different from initial criminal cases, so you need a lawyer with experience handling this type of case.
  • Expungements – As discussed above, a criminal record can have many adverse effects on your life for years to come. Many people may qualify for an expungement of their record, which essentially erases information regarding past charges and convictions. We can advise you whether you are eligible and can help you through the expungement process.

At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we know the criminal process involves much more than simply going to court for trial. We are there for our clients every step of the way, and we ensure our clients fully understand all of their rights and options.


Our lawyers are equipped and ready to handle your case in the Bloomingdale area:

  • As former prosecutors, we know how to analyze the case against you
  • We have been selected to Illinois Super Lawyers
  • We are rated 10.0 Superb through Avvo
  • We have held leadership positions in professional associations
  • We offer a free, confidential consultation
  • We are available to clients 24/7

Any criminal charges, regardless of your guilt or innocence, can affect your freedom, your employment, your reputation, and your future. It is critical to work with attorneys who can guide you to the most favorable outcome, through motions, plea negotiations or in court.

Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation with an eminently qualified Bloomingdale criminal defense lawyer.